When Chris Petersen was named Washington's new head coach in early December of 2013, the first man he brought with him to begin hitting the recruiting trail was his longtime assistant, Keith Bhonapha.
Bhonapha has followed Petersen to Seattle after having spent the last eight years on his staff at Boise State. He spent the last five years as running backs coach, the last three as recruiting coordinator and was also the team's director of operations from 2006 to 2008.
In 2013, he mentored sophomore All-Mountain West Conference running back Jay Ajayi, who finished the season with 1,425 yards and 18 touchdowns, the fourth- and third-highest totals in Boise State history, respectively.
At Boise State, Bhonapha also coached Doug Martin, who twice earned first-team all-conference and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Martin rushed for 1,299 yards as a senior after totalling 1,260 as a junior.
In 2012, D.J. Harper ran for 1,137 yards and 15 TDs while, in 2009, Bhonapha's first as running backs coach, Jeremy Avery compiled 1,151 rushing yards, meaning that Bhonapha coached a 1,000-yard back in each of his five seasons with the Broncos.
Prior to taking over as running backs coach, he spent three years as Petersen's director of football operations.
A four-year letterman at Hawai'i, he began his coaching career at his Alma mater in 2003, working with the defensive backs and special teams.
Bhonapha earned a bachelor's degree in liberal studies (with a focus on criminology) in 2003. He also earned a master's in public administration from Hawai'i in 2005. Coach Bhonapha's wife is named Julia.
• 2014 – Washington – Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
• 2011-2013 – Boise State – Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
• 2009-2011 – Boise State – Running Backs
• 2006-2008 – Boise State – Director of Football Operations
• 2003-2005 – Hawai’i – Graduate Assistant